Louisiana and Washington sports betting update

Simona Boshkova | Published 26 May 2020, 9:46 a.m.

Last week, we reported that the Michigan gaming market is slowly getting back on track by reopening some tribal casinos. Not only have tribal casinos in Michigan started to reopen, but the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has also started accepting online gaming supplier licencing forms.

In addition, there has been news about Maryland, where the state Governor signed the sports betting bill. This will be presented to all Maryland citizens with a right to vote and they will have a chance to reach a decision in November this year.

This week we have an update about Louisiana and Washington. In Louisiana, sports betting is getting closer to being in the hands of the citizens who will be voting in November. On the other hand, the Washington Office of Lottery and Gaming announced that its sports betting platform will be live by the end of May.

Louisiana approved sports betting legislation

About a week ago, it was reported that the State Senate approved a bill that will put the question on the ballot in all parishes in Louisiana. It was expected that in November, citizens of Louisiana will be asked on the ballot about whether they want sports betting to be allowed in their parish or not.

Now, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 72-32 and approved the sports betting legalisation, to put the question to legalise sports betting before voters. The legislation had previously passed the Senate. Once the chambers pass each other’s legislation and the bills are similar, they will go to Governor John Bel Edwards for his signature.

If everything goes well, Louisiana will become the third state to have legalised sports betting after the November 2020 ballot. However, even if sports betting becomes legalised, it will take some time before players are able to place a wager. The bill requires for the legislature to provide licencing, regulation, and taxation of sports betting.

Washington sports betting platform will be live by the end of this month

Even if Washington sports betting launch was delayed in March, its platform got a name - GambetDC. Sports betting in Washington will be available through this platform, which will be accessible through a mobile app and a website. Now, the D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming announced that GambetDC will be live by the end of May.

Nicole Jordan, the director of marketing and communications for the Washington Lottery, announced that they are excited to launch GambetDC and look forward to it. This platform should modernise D.C.’s product portfolio and help them to maximise the revenue returned to support the District’s vital programs and services. She added that the launch of GambetDC website will be an opportunity to show to the potential players what they have done, while they are preparing for the return of sports.

As said, the GambetDC website will be available to the public by the end of this month, while the native iOS and Android apps will be revealed in early June. Moreover, Jordan said that there will be a comprehensive marketing campaign for the promotion of GambetDC when there is a schedule of major sporting events. Until then, there will be limited paid advertising that will promote GambetDC’s availability.

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